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Mortar shell defused in Viswema

The mortar shell
Published on 2 Aug. 2009 11:57 PM IST
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A mortar shell probably of the Second World War times was defused at St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Viswema Saturday evening. The object which was found embedded in the soil started emitting smoke with a hissing sound when it was accidentally hit by the sisters and students of the school who were gardening. Acting on information from one local resident Zhoto Angami, former youth council chairman of Viswema village, a team comprising of one JCO qualified in dealing with such devices and eight jawans of the 164 Inf Bn ( TA ) ( H&H) went there and neutralized the mortar shell which they found with its fuse intact. The school authorities and the village council have expressed gratitude to the CO of the unit, Col DA Patil and his staff for the help. Col Patil said such dangerous explosive devices were likely to be recovered throughout the region as it was a battleground of the Second World War and many an operation by the Indian Army. He asked the locals to be informed and vigilant about such recoveries and advised them not to fiddle around if they encountered any unknown devices/objects. He said that the personnel of the unit were trained to handle such devices and were always at the disposal of the locals to deal with such situations. Earlier, the school authorities informed Zhoto about the incident after which it was referred to the Khuzama Police station. However, the police informed that the matter was out of their purview and that they do not have the expertise to handle such objects. Zhoto, thereafter spoke to Maj Kharsing Kaping of 164 Inf Bn (TA) ( H&H) Naga about the same following which necessary arrangements were made for taking care of the situation. This story is based on a report sourced through Zhoto Angami.

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